President Trump on Friday railed against the media, joking that his administration and its supporters have “learned how to live with them.”
“Look at the number of the media back there. Fake news,” Trump said during a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, his third rally this week.
“You go back and they’ll say, did he say this or that or this,” he added. “That’s okay, you know what, we’ve learned how to live with them. We don’t like it, but we’ve learned.”
Trump has repeatedly railed against the press throughout his presidency, continually referring to them as the “enemy of the people” and frequently lashing out at publications and their reporters, including The New York Times and CNN.
Trump escalated his attacks earlier this year, stating that the media can also “cause war.”
His comments on Friday came amid reports that a Washington Post journalist may have been killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.
Turkish officials say they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate by a Saudi entourage, but the Saudis have denied those claims.
Trump, before the rally, said he would call King Salman of Saudi Arabia about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump is facing increasing scrutiny from lawmakers over how he’ll respond to Khashoggi’s disappearance.